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St. Joseph Sylvania celebrates 100th day of school

BY KELLY McLENDON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Ann Poturalski, 12, left, Kaeli Koop, 12 center, and Delaney Dempsey, 12, right, work together on their Atlas mapping project during Math-A-Rama Day at St. Joseph school in Sylvania. Ann Poturalski, 12, left, Kaeli Koop, 12 center, and Delaney Dempsey, 12, right, work together on their Atlas mapping project during Math-A-Rama Day at St. Joseph school in Sylvania.
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Students at St. Joseph School Sylvania were busy today celebrating the 100th day of school with fun-filled things to do that reinforced math concepts.

The day, known as Math-A-Rama, also marked the conclusion of several service projects that the school completed for Central City Ministry Schools, in addition to being in the middle of Catholic Schools Week.

Juli Snyder, the school's director of marketing, said the events take place each and every year.

“Traditionally, we celebrate it every year,” she said, noting many activities are involved, such as making crafts, hosting a science fair, and holding a talent show for third graders.

Activities benefit the students, she said. “We're really kind of breaking out of the regular routine.”

Elementary and middle school students participate in the fun. The school has about 620 students, separated on two campuses, near downtown Sylvania.

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Alec Pelok, 13, agreed that the day was good for getting him out of the regular classroom routine.

“I like going to the other classes. It's pretty fun, though. I'm pretty excited,” he said.

Fellow student Elizabeth Filipiak, 14 said being out of class for the day and participating in the multiple activities helped her learn the concepts more.

Much planning and effort went into planning for the intensive math day that featured special activities and treats that focused on the number 100.

In addition, a collection of 100 items in every grade will go to benefit students of Rosary Cathedral and Queen of Apostles in downtown Toledo.

Seventh-grade math teacher Jessica Jones planned the Math-A-Rama activities.

“It's kind of an extension of things they learn in the classroom,” she said. “We devoted a day to reinforce the concepts.”

All of the hard work seemed to pay off, as the expressions on the faces of some of the students displayed excitement, as they worked on the activities.

“I think they're having a fun time with it,” Mrs. Jones said.

Contact Kelly McLendon at

kmclendon@theblade.com

or 419-206-0356 or on Twitter at @MyTownSylvania.



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